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Is there a way to get mobile hotspot?

Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by Fataliya, Mar 18, 2011.

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    If they dont have any 3g? My phone is Verizon, but I want AT&T. Do they sell some sort of mobile hotspot thing that I can hook up to the iPad2?
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    The phone should be able to hotspot or wirelessly tether. Depends on the phone. Once u decide what phone u want, let us know and will be able to give more details on it. That's what a lot of people do now, forgetting the 3G version of iPad and getting the wifi only version then tethering it to their phones. Saves u a ton of cash in the short and long term. I tether my win mo phone to my iPad and wrks flawlessly. When I'm at home, I use my com cast high speed wireless network.
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    I have the Droid 2 with Verizon. I dont want to get a new phone, just curious if AT&T sells something similar to Verizons MiFi that I can use for the iPad 2?

    Thanks so much!
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    Did u get your ipad2 yet
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    Wolfpuppies must have one of those new fangled "easy" buttons.....gotta get one of those...:D
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    You should be able to tether you D2 with the ipad2 via VZW's tethering. Look for an app called 3g Mobile Hotspot in the market place.

    I haven't used it on the D2 but it is a program via VZW. I did use it on my Droid X with my iPad. I did pay VZW's tether option on my plan though, so it's not free but works great!

    Good Luck
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    Geoffthedad,
    Do you buy 30 day buckets like ATT 3G iPad plans?
    I'm going to be using my Inc for a hotspot but if if ends at 30 or so I'm going to wait until I need it vs trying it out now. My wife has one with the ATT 3G so I'm familiar with how theirs works, just wondering if mobile hotspot with Verizon works the same.
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    Mark, I have turned the wifi hotspot on and off through VZW customer service line for short periods of time. IE: 3 day trip, call and get it active. When I get home, I call and cancel it. Then I get billed a prorated amount for the month. It is truly a month to month deal. No contract with it.

    Enjoy tethering legitimately!
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    exactly what I was trying to say. Why waste the extra $$$ for nuthin when ur droid 2 can do that exact same function..just sayin..lol
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    You could always root your droid 2 which is a simple process and use wifi tether or the 3G hotspot hack ,,,,it's what I do with my x
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    Any ideas for doing this with a BB torch? I have 4.3 iOS on my wifi iPad. I was hoping the upgrade would allow it to connect to any phone that has a data plan. I use ATT.
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    Go to crackberry.com and search the forums for the torch,,,,I believe it is able to run hotspot like a droid but if possible and you wanted it free you would have to hack your torch
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    Just a reminder: The iPads without 3G don't have a GPS, either. That made the decision for me. It's quite likely that I'll tether to my iPhone and not activate the 3G on my iPad, but I want the GPS.

    BTW, I have to chuckle. The forum's spell checker recognizes "iPhone" but not "iPad."
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    Thank you. My screen broke on my wifi one (see thread called screen spider web I started) so I took it back to Target but they were out of wifi only so I got a 3G ATT version. I know Verizon coverage is great around Luray/Front Royal Va areas and ATT is better at my house ( Verizon 3G sucks badddd at my house and surrounding area) so if when I'm in the Luray area if ATT sucks I'll just hotspot and save the $15-25 for ATT data plan.
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    AT&T Tethering Police Crack Down on iPhone Users
    <A href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20110318/bs_nf/77772" target=_blank>http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20110318/bs_nf/77772

    Are you one of those iPhone users who sits in a Wi-Fi-less diner and tethers an phone to a laptop to get on the Internet? If so, the AT&T tethering police may come knocking at your virtual door -- if they haven't already.

    AT&T has launched an official crackdown on smartphone users who have been tethering to their laptops illegally, using up precious bandwidth that generates revenue from paying customers. AT&T sells tethering plans and the company expects smartphone users to pay if they want to connect mobile devices.

    AT&T's E-Bust

    AT&T first sent text messages to customers illegally tethering. One of the messages reads, "AT&T Free Msg: Did you know tethering your Smartphone to a computer requires a tethering plan? Pls call 888-860-6789 for details or visit att.com/dataplans."

    Those simple text messages were followed by e-mails with a more serious tone. The bottom line is this: If AT&T customers don't stop illegal tethering, AT&T is going to stop it for them. The wireless carrier will start auto-charging customers, beginning March 27.

    "Many AT&T customers use their smartphones as a broadband connection for other devices, like laptops, netbooks or other smartphones -- a practice commonly known as tethering. Tethering can be an efficient way for our customers to enjoy the benefits of AT&T's mobile broadband network and use more than one device to stay in touch with important people and information," reads AT&T's e-mail.

    "Our records show that you use this capability, but are not subscribed to our tethering plan ... if we don't hear from you, we'll plan to automatically enroll you into DataPro 4GB after March 27, 2011. The new plan -- whether you sign up on your own or we automatically enroll you -- will replace your current smartphone data plan, including if you are on an unlimited data plan."

    How Does AT&T Know?

    Whether you've been busted or you just want to sign up for a tethering plan, you'll pay $20 a month on top of your monthly smartphone data plan. That means tethering on top of your normal mobile broadband usage will ultimately cost you either $35 a month or $55 a month.

    For that rate, you'll be able to tap into the smartphone's 3G capabilities to power your laptop for 4GB of data. The DataPro 4GB Tethering Plan AT&T is automatically assigning to noncompliant, trespassing customers runs $45 a month and includes the standard data plan.

    The AT&T crackdown could cut down on Apple iPhone jailbreaks, since jailbreaking the phone is usually driven by the desire for illegal tethering. iPhone users were turning to an app Cydia developed called MyWi, which allows the illegal tethering. At $19.99, MyWi is a bargain compared to the additional monthly fees. It's not clear how AT&T has determined which customers have been illegally tethering, but there are no reports so far of customers receiving the warning message erroneously.

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